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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Dig Spotlight: Finding Early Man in the Serengeti

Picture yourself encamped in a Safari tent out in the middle of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa. Picture yourself learning about how to survey, map, excavate, record, catalogue, and identify and analyze artifacts dated as old as 150,000 years. And picture some of those artifacts as stone implements fashioned by archaic homo sapiens (some of the first "modern" human beings by anatomical and behavioral standards), and animal fossils dated to the same time period.

If you are interested in archaeology of human prehistory, this is an opportunity that will offer you the chance to be a part of cutting edge research and to enjoy the big time wildlife of the Serengeti plains at the same time. During the summer of 2005, Dr. John Bower, in association with the University Research Expeditions Program of the University of California, Davis, will lead a research team of scientists, students, and volunteers to investigate a middle stone age site that yields evidence of early human occupation around the time when modern humans had just emerged from their more "apelike" hominid ancestors. The project holds the potential of shedding new light on a major transition point in human prehistory. In addition, program participants will not only have the daily opportunity of observing the Serengeti wildlife that surrounds the research camp and excavation site, but will also take some side-trips to the famous sites of nearby Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli, where important paleoanthropology history was made. If you are interested in participating, or just interested in reading about it, you can go to the Tanzania Expedition for more information.

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